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Litter hotspot partnerships

30 Jul 2013

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By Sean Car

Docklands’ waterways are due to benefit from a recent Victorian Government announcement for plans to establish a series of community litter hotspot partnerships.

The announcement comes following a report featured in the July edition of Docklands News highlighting the tonnes of rubbish and debris washed up along NewQuay and Yarra’s Edge following heavy rain in June.

The Litter Hotspots Project has been established to help clean up the Yarra River and Port Philip Bay.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the new initiative would encourage community groups and councils to put forward plans on ways to reduce the amount of litter ending up in the bay.

Mr Smith said the plan would allow local communities to form direct partnerships with the State Government in a bid to encourage support for Melbourne’s iconic waterways.  

“Councils and community groups are encouraged to identify litter hot spots and submit project ideas for local responses to reduce the amount of litter ending up in our waterways,” he said.

Mr Smith said the $7 million plan is about attracting “local solutions”, with an initial $180,000 being allocated to support effective coordination and planning efforts with the community.

Local government and community organisations are encouraged to apply. For more information visit http://www.mwmg.vic.gov.au

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